Chicago Marathon bids farewell to Kiptum: “His greatest achievement is yet to come”


The sudden death of the world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptumin a traffic accident generates a wave of tributes and farewells from the world of athletics.

After the Seville Marathon announced 42 seconds of silence in its edition next Sunday, the Chicago Marathon has issued a statement to fire the Kenyan athlete.

The director of the prestigious race that is part of World Marathon Majors -where Kiptum achieved the marathon world record last October- expressed his sadness at the fatal accident.

“We are shocked and saddened by the news of the recent passing of Kelvin Kiptum. Kelvin was a once-in-a-generation athlete in the prime of his career and I have no doubt that his greatest achievements are yet to come. We are Blessed to witness his greatness on the streets of Chicago. While he will be celebrated for his record-breaking performances, I will remember him as an incredible talent and an even more wonderful person. The sport of the marathon has suffered a tragedy -tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”said a statement signed by Carey Pinkowskiexecutive director of the Chicago Marathon.

Kelvin Kiptum won the Chicago Marathon in October 2023 with a score of 2h00:35 which earned him a world record. In that edition, the second calcified was his compatriot Benson Kipruto, who reached the finish line almost 4 minutes later.

is last race argued Kiptum, who was preparing to race in Rotterdam next April, before suffering a fatal accident that cost him his life.

Source: La Verdad


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